Many residents and visitors to the Curry County coast are taking advantage of the unseasonably dry, sunny weather to visit the ever-changing beaches and enjoy the thrill of beachcombing and wave watching.
By all means, have a great time, but don't turn your back on the sea. Too many people have done just that in years past, and often with fatal results.
Every year there are reports of people being swept off beaches, rocks and jetties by sneaker waves along the Oregon Coast. Curry County has seen its share of such tragedies. A man and his dog lost their lives two weeks ago when they were swept into the ocean near Gold Beach. The man's body has yet to be recovered.
That's why we urge beachgoers to practice extreme caution during their adventures. High surf and dangerous beach conditions will remain a constant along our shore now through spring.
If you visit the beach to witness the wave action yourself, please practice a little common sense. Sneaker waves can sweep people away in the blink of an eye.
To help avoid tragedy, we offer the following tips when on or near the ocean:
Stay off jetties or any low flat beach. Stay away from edges of cliffs, headlands and rocks where waves are breaking nearby. Never climb on driftwood, especially when waves are high.
The Oregon Coast is a beautiful place in winter. It's also dangerous. Please be careful while enjoying our wild, wonderful coast.